I Lived Under A Dictatorship. I Know What’s At Stake For This Country

As a Chinese immigrant, I want to make sure I use my right to free speech

Colorful mural by BiLan, shows BiLan in the center with anti-Trump protestors in foreground.
Mural by BiLan Liao.
BiLan in front of a “Vote Here” sign. She is wearing a black face mask.
BiLan in front of a “Vote Here” sign. She is wearing a black face mask.
Photo courtesy of Ken Scroggs.

“I finally cast my vote three hours and 15 minutes after arriving. I would have waited longer if I had to.”

Journalist, critic & columnist at ZORA. Essay collection SOUTHBOUND (UGA Press) & debut novel THE PARTED EARTH (Hub City Press), spring ’21. anjalienjeti.com.

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